Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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by M.Onty on Mon 25th Feb 2013 19:52 UTC
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Quite a lot of the contrary pro-Smart-TV posts seem to have missed what I assume to be Thom's basic point:

A pretty screen looks pretty for many, many years, even when its technically been superseded. A cheap SoC computer keeps up with media trends for a couple of years (if you're lucky) and when it falls behind, it really shows. Why would a consumer want to have the latter bundled with their TV when it effectively devalues the former? At best its only useful for those first few years, after which point you have to plug another box in anyway, just as if it wasn't a Smart-TV.

Discrete, svelte little plug-in boxes make so much more sense. TVs sellers could even throw one in at the time of purchase.

Edited 2013-02-25 19:53 UTC

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